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Thing to be Grateful For: The Hunger Games is Not Twilight

Thing to be Grateful For: The Hunger Games is Not Twilight

As Part 1 of the final Twilight film Breaking Dawn gets set to roll out on November 18 to gigantic box office numbers (people are already buying tickets online in anticipation) the next big thing — at least for us ladies and girls — coming down the pike is The Hunger Games.

But as anyone who has read The Hunger Games knows, those books are no Twilight, and those movies will hopefully take women led action films to a whole new level. And the great thing about The Hunger Games is that it won’t be a one off. This will be a trilogy of films just like the books with a built in audience. If they do this right it could be bigger than Twilight because they don’t have to work hard to get guys interested.

Jennifer Lawrence who got an Oscar nomination last year for Winter’s Bone is perfectly cast as female as Katniss Everdeen and she gets quoted in Vanity Fair saying that The Hunger Games is no Twilight.

I try not to think too much about it. Hunger Games is not Twilight, and while I hear the comparisons, it’s really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon. I’m so proud of the work we did on the film—Gary and the entire cast and crew were amazing, and I can’t wait for it to be brought to life because I think it’s an important story. If it does become a crazy phenomenon, I’ll soak up my freedom now!

Now while she might be talking about the box office success, those of us looking for expanded roles for women onscreen in action films are hoping that it will be different from Twilight in content but equal to Twilight in box office success.

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Natalie Wilson

Can’t wait for Hunger Games! I, like Melissa, hope the film will reflect Katniss as the strong female character she is in the books, but I have heard that there will be more emphasis on the love triangle. Please Hollywood, don’t turn this into a romance!
And Zara, I didn’t know JL auditioned for Twilight. Do you know for what role?


I’m not going to sit here and defend Twilight, the book series, or the character of Bella, but Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for Twilight and has gone on the record as loving the Twilight books, so please don’t add to the needless comparisons of the two series or impute something to her starring in THG that is not there. She wants a starring role in a trilogy that will hopefully be huge, that’s fine, but it’s not just b/c Katniss is a stronger female role than Bella.

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